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Illegal Tobacco Marketers Escape Government Watch, Undermine ITP

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Researchers from the University of Bath have disclosed some leaked documents, which state that illegal tobacco marketers are deceiving governments worldwide to flood the cigarette black market, despite the Illicit Trade Protocol (ITP) put in place.

The documents revealed that cigarette manufacturers go over the brim, in order to undermine the Illicit Trade Protocol; an international agreement that was set up in 2012 to ensure tobacco companies pays their taxes.

The ITP also requires all tobacco products are marked so their origin could be traced.

Tobacco and alcohol are the biggest threats to human health of all addictive substances, as tobacco is responsible is responsible for 110 deaths per 100,000 people, while alcohol causes 33 fatalities worldwide, according to a study by University College London.

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This is compared to just 6.9 deaths from cocaine per 100,000 members of the public, the research adds, as further results suggests that nearly one in five adults worldwide drink heavily at least once a month, while 15 per cent smoke tobacco every day.

A study by the University of Bath revealed that smuggling cigarette is one of the big tobacco industry’s biggest scam the world’s, as four major tobacco companies developed their own ‘track and trace’ system and hatched a joint plan to use third parties to promote this system to governments under the pretense it was independent of the tobacco industry.

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The study also linked two-thirds of smuggled cigarettes to big tobacco firms.

The study author, who is the Director of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the university, Professor Anna Gilmore, said this was one of the tobacco industry’s greatest scams, adding that “Not only is it still involved in tobacco smuggling, but big tobacco is positioning itself to control the very system governments around the world designed to stop it from doing so.”

The research, published in the BMJ, further suggests that big tobacco companies paid for misleading data and reports that overestimate smuggling.

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After reviewing industry-funded data on the illicit tobacco trade, the scientists found concerns with the research’s quality and accuracy.

They add the tobacco industry may deliberately produce misleading information.

The Lead author from the Tobacco Control Research Group at Bath, Allen Gallagher, explained “Our latest findings fit with the tobacco industry’s long history of manipulating research, including its extensive efforts to undermine and cause confusion on science showing the negative health impacts of smoking and second-hand smoke.”

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Brexit Will Not Happen Next Week

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Brexit will not happen next week.  The United Kingdom has been granted a bit more time to figure out the terms of its departure from the European trading bloc.  The date could be April the twelfth or may the twenty-second.

European Council President, Donald Tusk, says he would push the departure date to May the twenty-second if the UK parliament approves a withdrawal agreement next week.

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Parliament’s failure to approve the Brexit deal next week would mean deadline for departure from the European Union will be April the twelfth.

The decision to grant the delay came a day after may delivered a televised speech blaming parliament for the Brexit impasse. That speech angered the political spectrum.

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May hopes with this European Council next decision, the House of Commons would pass a Brexit deal next week.  She says that would help bring an end to the uncertainty and would help the UK to leave Europe in a smooth and orderly manner.

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Chemical Factory Explosion In China Kills 47, Injures Over 600

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Chemical Factory Explosion In China Kills 47, Injures Over 600

An explosion at a chemical plant that occurred on Thursday in China’s eastern Jiangsu province has killed 47 people and injured over 600, among which 90 are critically injured, state media reported.

The fire which happened at a plant that contained highly inflammable chemical owned by the Tianjiayi Chemical Company spread to neighbouring factories was finally brought under control at 3.00 a.m. on Friday.

President Xi Jinping, who is in Italy on a state visit, ordered all-out efforts to care for the injured and to “earnestly maintain social stability”, state television said.

Authorities must step up action to prevent such incidents and determine the cause of the blast as quickly as possible, Xi added.

Reuters disclosed that some police at the scene were wearing face masks, sealed off roads to the plant. The blast smashed windows in the village of Wangshang two kilometres (1.2 miles) away, and shocked villagers likened it to an earthquake.

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New Zealand Bans Sale Of Assault Rifles, Semi-Automatic Weapons

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New Zealand Bans Sale Of Assault Rifles, Semi-Automatic Weapons

New Zealand has banned the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons after the country’s worst-ever attack in which fifty persons were killed in two mosques.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference the ban is in the national interest and it’s about safety… To prevent an act of terror from ever happening again in New Zealand.

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Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by mid-April.  Buy-back schemes will be established for banned weapons.

Ardern said the suspect arrested in the attacks had purchased his weapons legally and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines “done easily through a simple online purchase.”

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The changes in New Zealand’s gun laws are expected to curtail future acts of random violence like the mass mosques shootings in Christchurch.

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